‘Padmavati’ row: Entry to Chittorgarh Fort closed

Jaipur, Nov 17: Following a massive outrage against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming movie “Padmavati”, entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday as many claimed that the film has distorted historical facts.

“We have closed the first gate known as Padan Pol gate since 10 a.m. We are not allowing anyone to enter the fort. It is a peaceful protest and will continue till 6 p.m.,” member of Sarv Samaj Protest Committee Ranjit Singh told IANS.

Tourists visiting the fort were requested to go back, he asserted.

The monument attracts  on an average over 3,000-4,000 tourists starting from October, as the tourist season picks up.

Addressing to media K.K. Sharma, a member of the protest committee, said “We have just started our protest and around 400-450 people are sitting on dharna outside the gate. The number is likely to increase as the day progresses”.

The police, however informed that the number of agitators was not more than 250.

The protestors demand that the film, based on the life of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, who was queen of Chittorgarh, should not be released.

“It is for the first time since Independence that the entry to the fort has been blocked,” claimed another member of the committee.

There is heavy police presence to deal with any untoward incident. Barricades have been put up outside the fort.

A Karni Sena leader on Thursday threatened actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the lead in the movie, with physical harm over her “provocative statements”.

Earlier this week in an interview to IANS, Deepika said: “The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film.”

A Brahmin group also carried out a signature campaign in blood demanding a ban on the film.

Not only this, Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer has also issued a statement requesting a ban.

On Tuesday, activists of the Karni Sena had vandalised a theatre in Kota, Rajasthan, when they came to know about that it was showing a trailer of “Padmavati”.

Wefonews Bureau 

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